The praises continue to come in for Alabama's new teacher of the year. Ann Marie Corgill, a fourth grade teacher at Cherokee Bend Elementary, received the news Wednesday night in Montgomery.
"I'm overwhelmed and so honored to represent our profession and children in the state. It's an exiciting journey and I hope I can represent their voices," Corgill said.
On Thursday, Corgill received the keys to a SUV from ALFA which she will use to travel the state mentoring other teachers over the next year.
"She is stellar at everything she does," State School Superintendent Tommy Bice said.
Cherokee Bend Elementary School in Mountain Brook is planning to welcome Corgill back to work on Friday with a banner going up at the school entrance.
"I'm not suprised at all, neither are any other people around us. She is awesome. She loves learning. She is passionate and she continues to grow herself as an educator," Cherokee Bend Principal Betsy Bell said.
Bell said Corgill has a way with students and the principal expects she will share that ability with other teachers across Alabama.
"Building that relationship with those kds, knowing them as an individual person. Just tapping into the resources they bring to the table. But she always says, 'I learn from them as much as they learn from me,'" Bell said.
Corgill originally planned on designing and building homes but found herself passionate about teaching.
"Day after day, year after year, I realize that my job is not simply about teaching, but reaching students by learning about them, honoring their passions, helping them overcome obstacles, and building foundations so they can achieve their goals, both as learners and people," Corgill said.
Corgill has taught fourth grade at Cherokee Bend Elementary School since 2012. Previously, she taught English for three years at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School and also worked in the New York Public School System.
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